Most common faults for UK’s most popular cars revealed


Premium car brands have a reputation for frequent failures but new data exposing the chronic faults seen by UK garages suggests it’s...
The Fixer: My Audi Q5 had a safety recall, now I’m being charged to stop it happening again

Charged for repairs after Q5 recall


Although no car is immune to faults, owners of premium cars expect a certain level of quality and, should a problem arise, for it to be dealt...

Reader Letters: Sat nav blues and diesel dues


"I was amused by Jeremy Clarkson describing the sat nav in the Honda NSX as 'a work of fiction'..."
Car Clinic: Are owners of the new Volvo XC90 reporting many faults?

Car Clinic: Are XC90 owners reporting faults?


I was about to buy a Volvo XC90 when I noticed online reports about faults, plus lots of classifieds for six-month-old models ...
The Fixer: Are you having problems with you car and its manufacturer?

The Fixer: Are you having problems with your car


Have you had problems with your car and its manufacturer? We want to hear about it in a new series called The Fixer.
Car Clinic: Should I worry about a steering wheel lock warning on my BMW 3-series?

Car Clinic: 3-series steering wheel warning light


The warning light for the electronic steering wheel lock on my 2007 BMW 3-series is illuminated, though the lock works fine. Should I worry?
Car Clinic: What could be causing my BMW not to start?

Car Clinic: My BMW is hard to start. Why?


It’s increasingly hard to start my BMW. I’ve replaced the battery and had the fuel line checked. What next?
Penalty charge notice on car windscreen. Sunday Times Driving Reader Letters: bicycle tax, diesel cars and stealthy road signs

Reader Letters: bicycle tax, diesel cars, puddle beware...


Susannah West Yates says bicycles should be “taxed and insured, and their users forced to pass a test”. As some cars are zero-rated for vehicle...
2012 Skoda Superb timing chain tensioner problem

My Skoda Superb may have a fault that was fixed on...


I think there is an inherent fault with the timing chain tensioner in my 2012 Skoda Superb. There has been corrective work in America. Why not here?
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Hybrid system fault brings another Toyota recall


First they wouldn’t stop; now they won’t start. Five years ago Toyota recalled 9.5m cars because they could suddenly accelerate out of control...
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A faulty vacuum pump on my 2009 Mercedes S-class mean...


During a valeting of my 09-plate Mercedes S 320 CDI, the rear headrests were lifted to the up position to allow cleaning behind them. Now they will...
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Should I be worried about the brake power assistance...


Q. The power assistance to the brakes on my 54-plate diesel Ford Focus C-Max sometimes stops functioning a few moments after starting up, only to...
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News: One failed car repair enough to demand money...


Car buyers will be able to change their mind up to 14 days after placing an online order for a vehicle under new rules designed to protect consumers...